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Afrodesia Episode One
Afrodesia Episode One (limited 12")
Cat: BSTX 067. Rel: 23 Jul 21
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Deep Down In Zanzibar (6:42)
Desert Storm (6:32)
Meet In Tunis (5:28)
Orion Beat (6:17)
Review: REPRESS ALERT!: Afrodesia may come on like another dusted down gem from those dedicated detectives at Best, but it is in fact a modern construction from the talented studio trysts of Mystic Jungle and Whodamanny from the Periodica camp. These Italian producers have more than proved their knack for crafting sublime, honey-smooth jams with a nod to the golden studio era of the 70s and 80s, and they're more than up to the task on this killer 12" of heavy funking jams with a dose of boogie and a nod to Ivory Coast disco. It's quite simply perfection, rendered with love and attention to detail, but utterly natural in its feel and flavour.
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 in stock $18.85
Going Crazy (reissue)
Going Crazy (reissue) (limited 12")
Cat: BSTX 016. Rel: 18 Apr 17
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Going Crazy (vocal) (6:49)
Going Crazy (instrumental) (7:06)
Going Crazy (dub) (5:46)
Review: Best Italy continues to do a wonderful job of unearthing much-sought after gems and giving them the re-press they deserve. Lily Ann was a quintessential one hit wonder of Italo disco perfection that surfaced in 1984, and "Going Crazy" captures the mood of early 80s dance music perfectly. Adding value to the release beyond the fresh mastering job and high-end modern pressing, as well as the previously released vocal and instrumental we also get treated to a dub mix of "Going Crazy" to give you even more options for dropping this impeccable slice of Italian dance music history.
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 in stock $18.85
Let's Funk Tonight (Faze Action mix)
Cat: BST X063. Rel: 12 Aug 19
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Let's Funk Tonight (Full extended version) (9:56)
Let's Funk Tonight (Faze Action dub) (5:43)
Review: Blue Feather were a truly blue-eyed funk outfit from the Netherlands who had a prolific run in the 80s with two albums and a string of club singles to their name. "Let's Funk Tonight" was surely one of their bigger hits, and it sounds resplendent with a fresh master and the full extended version spread out across the A side here. Offering something new for the modern market, Best call upon Faze Action to flesh out this reissue with a killer dub of the track that treads softly but funks deep, just like a good dub should.
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 in stock $17.25
Turn Me Loose
Turn Me Loose (limited 12")
Cat: BST X061. Rel: 08 Jul 19
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Turn Me Loose/My Design (extended version) (13:58)
Turn Me Loose (Sirs cut) (10:32)
Review: Best Records present another deep cover jam Balearic diggers will rejoice at being able to lay their hands on. Blue Night was the brainchild of Peter Miconi, who created "Turn Me Loose" in 1983. All the elements are present here, from the aching blue-eyed soul vocals to rich guitar solos and an irrepressible funk bedded down in the groove, here stretching out for a full 14 minutes of pure sunkissed bliss. On the flip, SIRS takes a careful run at the original that simply reframes the elements with a more pronounced rhythm section - this is someone who knows exactly what the track needs and declines to change anything for the sake of it. Classy stuff, as you would expect from a reissue on Best Records.
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 in stock $19.10
Turn Me Loose (B-STOCK)
Cat: BST X061. Rel: 01 Jan 90
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Review: ***B-STOCK: Dent on the side, product in perfect working order***


Best Records present another deep cover jam Balearic diggers will rejoice at being able to lay their hands on. Blue Night was the brainchild of Peter Miconi, who created "Turn Me Loose" in 1983. All the elements are present here, from the aching blue-eyed soul vocals to rich guitar solos and an irrepressible funk bedded down in the groove, here stretching out for a full 14 minutes of pure sunkissed bliss. On the flip, SIRS takes a careful run at the original that simply reframes the elements with a more pronounced rhythm section - this is someone who knows exactly what the track needs and declines to change anything for the sake of it. Classy stuff, as you would expect from a reissue on Best Records.
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 in stock $17.19
Dancing Dode
Cat: BSTX 097. Rel: 01 Feb 24
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Dancing Dode (Electro Potato remix) (6:37)
Dancing Dode (vocal version) (6:36)
Review: A genuine one off, largely made using the then-new Yamaha DX-7 synth, Joe Car's sole single from 1984 has long been one of the rarest Italo-disco 12" singles around. This reissue has been a long time coming, with the revitalised Best Record finally securing the rights to re-release it earlier this year. It remains a fun and surprisingly on-point release. It appears in two takes, both of which we think were laid to tape at the time. On the A-side you'll find the 'Electro Potato Mix', where chiming lead lines, Fairlight style sampled stabs and male vocals rise above a chuggig, arpeggio style bassline and machine drums. Nestled on the flip is the original vocal version, which sounds like the sort of thing Chris Lowe from Pet Shop Boys may have been dancing to during the period - there are certainly a few cuts in the duo's earlt catalogue that utilise similar sounds and grooves.
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 in stock $20.97
Fantasy
Fantasy (LP)
Cat: BST X091. Rel: 26 Jan 23
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Let It Go (5:04)
Software On Request (5:34)
Fantasy (4:22)
Macho Pas Macho (4:09)
Dub Fantasy (6:27)
Super Disco! (4:05)
Shining Star (5:28)
Review: While this fabulous album may sound old - as if it was an obscure, jazz-funk-tinged Italian disco release from 1982 - it is in fact brand, spanking new, making it the first new LP of original material released by legendary Italian imprint Best Record in over four decades. Created by Raffaele 'Whodammy' Arcella and Cosimo Cosmo Mandorino, it offers the same kind of boundary-blurring fusion of early '80s boogie, electro, low-tempo Italo-disco, jazz-funk, disco, Afro-cosmic and colourful Balearic pop (with a few cheeky raps and spoken word vocal passages thrown in) as the Neopolitan albums of the early-to-mid 1980s that inspired them. It's a brilliant set all told - one that authentically pays tribute to their influences and inspirations while offering something genuinely new and exciting.
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 in stock $25.47
Timeless (reissue)
Timeless (reissue) (limited red vinyl LP)
Cat: BSTX 095RED. Rel: 10 Nov 23
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Rock Me With Your Love (8:23)
Love Remains The Same (5:59)
Timeless (6:18)
Everything I'm Living For (4:40)
Got To Have You Near (3:21)
Review: Robert Cotter originally released Timeless in 1980, capturing the magic of the disco wave while it was still informed by a classic 70s studio approach before synths and drum machines become the dominant medium. The stand out track on the record is ‘Rock Me With Your Love’ - a timeless gem of get-down heat laid down by a crack team of players and captured by Ned Liben at Sundragon Studio in New York. If you’re always on the hunt for the fiercest jams from that era, you won’t be disappointed by what you find on this album of expansive, expressive tracks from an undeniably talented crew that missed out on wider recognition when their magnum opus was originally released more than 40 years ago.
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 in stock $27.08
Timeless (reissue)
Timeless (reissue) (limited LP)
Cat: BSTX 095. Rel: 10 Nov 23
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Rock Me With Your Love (8:23)
Love Remains The Same (5:59)
Timeless (6:18)
Everything I'm Living For (4:40)
Got To Have You Near (3:21)
Review: During the pre-Italo-disco era, many Italian musicians and producers made the move to New York after making their own surprisingly authentic-sounding disco records back home. There, they frequentlyworked with Black American singers to make singles and albums that were, curiously, then released in Italy rather than the U.S. New Jersey singer Robert Cotter's 1980 set, Timeless, is a particularly good example - especially as it's a fantastic collection of disco, disco-funk and dancefloor soul workouts. Reissued here for the first time, highlights of the five-track set include the infectious, stretched-out opener 'Rock Me With Your Love' - an under-played dancefloor classic - and the boogie-tinged disco shuffler 'Timeless'.
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 in stock $25.22
Paradise (remastered) (reissue)
Cat: BST X071. Rel: 09 Dec 19
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Paradise (vocal mix) (5:05)
Paradise (Paradise mix) (4:56)
Paradise (dub mix) (5:09)
Paradise (Deep Jungle mix) (4:56)
Review: Best dig out a bona fide gem from the early days of Italian house music - a one-shot hit from the masterful minds of Alex Neri and Marco Baroni that originally surfaced in 1992 on Adriatic Club. This sunkissed classic has everything a deep house cut should - smooth piano, a splash of diva vocals, and feel-good vibes oozing from every pore. For our money the "Deep Jungle Mix" is the one - a smouldering swinger that will draw you in and keep you warm at night, but whichever twist on the '90s styles you prefer this record has got you covered.
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 in stock $18.85
And The Beat Goes On
And The Beat Goes On (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: BST X090. Rel: 25 Aug 22
 
Deep House
And The Beat Goes On (Marco Margini extended edit) (6:37)
And The Beat Goes On (instrumental) (4:26)
And The Beat Goes On (club version) (4:25)
And The Beat Goes On (Devil Dee & Claudio Casalini Electro dub) (4:52)
 in stock $16.73
Be Free
Be Free (limited 12")
Cat: BSTX 075. Rel: 14 Apr 20
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Be Free (12" mix) (6:23)
Be Free (instrumental version) (6:27)
Review: First released on the obscure Derby label way back in 1982, Dr Togo's debut single "Be Free" has long been an in-demand Italo-disco rarity. It was co-produced by Louis Figino, who had previously produced Kano's legendary single "I'm Ready", and featured that band's lead vocalist, Glenn White, as the headline-grabbing Dr Togo. This much-needed reissue boasts both versions from the original 12: the deep disco warmth of the A-side vocal version, in which White's invitation to come dance rides rich chords, rubbery slap-bass and spacey synthesizers, and the dub style flipside "Instrumental" mix. In keeping with the style of the time it was recorded, this includes additional layered percussion and selected snippets of the original's female backing vocals.
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Played by: Eddie C
Tags: Disco Funk
 in stock $16.99
Din Don (B-STOCK)
Din Don (B-STOCK) (limited 12")
Cat: BST X032 (B-STOCK). Rel: 01 Jan 90
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Din Don (vocal)
Din Don (instrumental)
Review: ***B-STOCK: Sleeve damaged but otherwise in excellent condition***


Silvana Noris was tragically overlooked back in her mid 80s heyday, laying down just three singles before drifting onto pastures new. Best Italy have dug out her shimmering Din-Don single and given it the new lease of life it so richly deserves, helped a little by DJ Harvey testing the cut out on his turntable travels. Noris' vocal is a curious wonder to behold, hitting a low register and imparting a gravelly tone that sits atop the punchy boogie production. Another slice of disco manna makes its way back into the limelight thanks to Best.
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 in stock $13.85
Din Don
Din Don (limited 12")
Cat: BST X032. Rel: 16 Apr 18
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Din Don (vocal) (5:40)
Din Don (instrumental) (5:36)
Review: Silvana Noris was tragically overlooked back in her mid 80s heyday, laying down just three singles before drifting onto pastures new. Best Italy have dug out her shimmering Din-Don single and given it the new lease of life it so richly deserves, helped a little by DJ Harvey testing the cut out on his turntable travels. Noris' vocal is a curious wonder to behold, hitting a low register and imparting a gravelly tone that sits atop the punchy boogie production. Another slice of disco manna makes its way back into the limelight thanks to Best.
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Out To Get You
Cat: BSTX 098. Rel: 22 Mar 24
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Out To Get You (7:48)
Out To Get You (Massimo Berardi edit) (5:36)
Out To Get You (radio version) (3:48)
Review: Best Record has secured the rights to this 12" vinyl reissue of Fascination 'Out to Get You', which is dedicated to Giancarlo Meo, the esteemed producer behind Easy Going and other iconic acts. This release, curated by Claudio Casalini, pays homage to Italy's vibrant disco era and blends elements of disco, soul, and funk. The original comes as three different and equally captivating versions, including a re-edit by DJ Massimo Berardi who injects plenty of contemporary flair while preserving the essence of the original tracks. With its fusion of retro charm and modern energy, this reissue offers a nostalgic yet danceable vibe and is primed and ready to for igniting dance floors worldwide once again.
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Tags: Disco Funk
 in stock $19.65
FORTHCOMING
Nightlights In Japan (reissue)
Cat: BST X087B. Rel: 27 May 24
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Nightlights In Japan (Geisha version) (3:07)
Nightlights In Japan (remix dance version) (3:07)
Nightlights In Japan (single version) (3:07)
Nightlights In Japan (Maxi instrumental version) (3:07)
coming soon $22.84
Body To Body
Body To Body (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: BSTX 012. Rel: 23 Sep 21
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Body To Body (7:42)
African Love Song (6:43)
Review: Italian singer and songwriter Giampiero Scalamonga had a successful run as a disco hitmaker through the 70s, and his crowning glory was surely the Body To Body LP released in 1979. Now Best Records have turned back the clock to disco's golden hour to reissue the Gepy & Gepy classic on pristine wax. While the A-side title track is a timeless gem on its own, it's the impassioned club burner "African Love Song" that will have the diggers rejoicing. From its days as a staple in Studio 54 it's been a sought after gem, and now it's back in circulation for those that know.
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 in stock $19.10
FORTHCOMING
Key West
Key West (12")
Cat: BSTX 022. Rel: 03 Jun 24
 
Funk
Key West
Walkman
Kasso
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Kasso Remixed By Frankie Knuckles (Frankie Knuckles/Brett Wilcots mix)
Cat: BST X064. Rel: 12 Aug 19
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
One More Round (86 House mix By Frankie Knuckles) (8:10)
Walkman (86 House mix By Brett Wilcots) (7:17)
Review: Best turn their attention to that sweet mid 80s spot when the petri dish of party music was shaken up between disco, boogie, Italo and the emergent house sound from Chicago. Claudio Simonetti was a titan of the Italian groove, but his monster jam as Kasso, "One More Round", reached the stratosphere when Windy City godfather Frankie Knuckles gave the track his Midas touch. No more justification is needed for this pressing, but don't overlook the flip which finds 80s remix supremo Brett Wilcots taking on "Walkman" and whipping up a boogie frenzy of the highest order.
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 in stock $19.10
The MBO Theme
The MBO Theme (limited 12")
Cat: BST X039. Rel: 24 Sep 18
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
The MBO Theme (long version) (6:01)
The MBO Theme (Italian version) (6:02)
Review: Best Records fire up a surefire classic from the annals of Italian dance music, crafted courtesy of Italo-disco heavyweight Klein & MBO. "The MBO Theme" was originally a hit in the nascent Chicago house scene, spun by the likes of Ron Hardy thanks to its punchy synth bass and hooky Euro-vocals. This sought-after dancefloor gem has been given a faithful remastering touch, as is the Best Records way, and they've also dug out a previously unheard edit of the track named as the "Italian Version," which stretches out the club qualities of the jam for maximum party impact.
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Takes Over
Cat: BSTX 092. Rel: 16 May 23
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Max Him - "Japanese Girl" (extended version)
PJ Marcus - "For Your Sweet Information" (extended version)
Roxana - "In Your Eyes" (extended Voval version)
Fabian Nesti - "Heigh Ho" (extended version)
Midnight Passion - "I Need Your Love" (club mix)
Max Him - "Lady Fantasy" (remix)
Review: Six tracks by some of the less conspicuous names in 1980s Italo disco scene get pressed to a singular unifying 12" here. Commemorating Cruisin' Records' 40th anniversary (1983-2023), 'Takes Over' is a delightful compilation scouring the exclusive vaults of its back catalogue, with label mainstay Nello Jay handling curation duties. Largely centring on the year 1985, two cuts from, 'Japanese Girl' and 'Lady Fantasy', come courtesy of Max Him, while the likes of 'For Your Sweet Information' by PJ Marcus, 'In Your Eyes' by Roxana', and 'Heigh Ho' by Fabian Nesti all stomp, gyrate, and whoop away, indulging the very same escapist fantasies as those involved in the scene back then.
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 in stock $25.47
Music Is My Sex
Music Is My Sex (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: BST X089. Rel: 25 Aug 22
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Music Is My Sex (5:25)
Music Is My Sex (instrumental) (4:48)
Review: Phono's 'Music Is My Sex' is one of those delicious obscurities that seem to have been a feature of the original Italo-disco scene. It was the work of Phono, a one-off project helmed by sadly departed Italian DJ, occasional producer and radio and TV presenter Attilo de Rosa, and originally slipped out back in 1983 via the legendary Mr. Disc Organization label. As this reissue proves, it's a pleasingly eccentric and alluring affair. Available in vocal and instrumental versions, it's a rough-round-the-ages chunk of electrofunk/boogie rich in squelchy synth-bass, Roland JX3P solos, unfussy drum machine beats and clipped guitar licks. The timbales-sporting, dancefloor dub-style instrumental is probably our pick of the pair, though the accentuated English vocals on the A-side mix are undeniably fun.
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 in stock $18.04
Sharade
Sharade (180 gram vinyl LP limited to 200 copies)
Cat: P 475001. Rel: 23 Jun 23
 
Balearic/Downtempo
Heavenly Sky (Prologue) (2:07)
Awaky (4:28)
Blue Infinity (3:10)
My Space (2:41)
Janie (3:20)
Invisible Light (4:26)
Impromptu (3:55)
Garden Planet (3:26)
Flying (2:31)
Silent Lely (2:47)
Annelise (3:14)
Awaky (instrumental) (3:59)
Review: For this sublime release, legendary Italian label Best Record has raided the archives of 'private recordings' by multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Pino Presti. Sharade was apparently inspired by the work of painter Tania Cantone and features Presti alongside keyboardist Claudop Calzolari, his son Andrea, bassist Andrea Verardi and organist Guido Mazzella. The results are colourful, sonically vivid and musically rich, with the quintet variously blurring the boundaries between ambient, jazz-funk, Balearic, Mediterranean deep house, downtempo, library music, cinematic soundtracks and slow-motion leftfield pop. It's hard to accurately pigeonhole, but that's no bad thing - especially as the album's varied tracks are united by a classiness and a wholeheartedly enjoyable sun-baked mood.
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 in stock $19.10
Habibi (reissue)
Cat: BSTX 088. Rel: 10 Nov 22
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Habibi (vocal version) (5:42)
Habibi (Samba instrumental) (5:59)
Review: Sahara Band's 'Habibi' is an Italo-disco classic from 1983. It was reissued digitally once in 2017 but now finally makes a welcome return to wax. An original copy will cost you a fair few quid on the second-hand market so do not sleep on this one as it is incredible Egyptian-influenced Italo with Arabic vocals. It has been remade by other artists over the years but this version remains the best with its cultural sounds and worldly grooves set to bring greatness to any set.
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 in stock $18.04
Stop The World (reissue)
Cat: BSTX 096. Rel: 30 Jan 24
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Stop The World (vocal) (6:13)
Stop The World (instrumental) (5:58)
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More I Like It
More I Like It (limited 12")
Cat: BSTX 017. Rel: 07 Oct 19
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
More... I Like It (4:48)
Twenty Seven (4:03)
More... I Like It (instrumental) (5:01)
Review: REPRESS ALERT! Best Record Italy take the time machine all the way back to 1979 to revisit the wonderful Italo-Disco delights of Adolf Stern, whose "More... I Like It" represents the strangest end of the genre as it was taking shape. With heavily processed vocals injecting some serious strangeness into the chirpy disco backdrop, it's the kind of track to turn heads without a doubt. "Twenty Seven" on the B-side is equally magical in its capturing of the era, with the more obvious surface elements underpinned by a truly intoxicating line in synth arpeggios. Once again Best comes up trumps refreshing the history of Italian music of all shapes and sizes.
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 in stock $18.85
It's The Monkey! (reissue)
Cat: BSTX 084. Rel: 10 Jun 22
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
It's The Monkey (12" version) (4:26)
It's The Monkey (12" version) (5:08)
Street Dance (reprise) (1:36)
Played by: DJ ROCCA
 in stock $18.32
Radio Cosmo Disco
Radio Cosmo Disco (limited 12")
Cat: BST X029. Rel: 23 Jul 18
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Radio Cosmo 101 (disco version)
Radio Cosmo 101 (vocal)
Radio Cosmo 101 (instrumental)
Review: When The One "O" Ones originally released Radio Cosmo Disco back in 1977 it was confined to 7", which is no place for such majestic cosmic groove exploration. Now Best Records are continuing their quest to repress every hidden gem of Italian dance music and beyond, and they're doing "Radio Cosmo 101" the right way. The full "Disco Version" of the track gets to stretch out on a full 12" side, and does so in a dreamy haze of feel good funk. You can still hear the radio edit on the flip, and the original instrumental jam is included for those who want to drift away on those sumptuous tones of the backing track.
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 in stock $18.85
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Tunnel Lights
Cat: BST X101B. Rel: 27 May 24
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Tunnel Lights (Massimo Berardi remix)
Tunnel Lights (original version)
Speed Up (original version)
Speed Up (Francisco & Malkuth Cosmic version)
coming soon $19.65
FORTHCOMING
Tunnel Lights
Tunnel Lights (red vinyl 12")
Cat: BST X101R. Rel: 27 May 24
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Tunnel Lights (Massimo Berardi remix)
Tunnel Lights (original version)
Speed Up (original version)
Speed Up (Francisco & Malkuth Cosmic version)
coming soon $23.89
What's The Deal/Have You For My Love
Cat: BTBS 12001. Rel: 27 Apr 23
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
What's The Deal (5:10)
Have You For My Love (5:23)
Review: Best claims to be the first Italo-disco label to be based in Rome. It was founded in 1981 by pioneering DJ Claudio Casalini and sure does have plenty of gems in its catalogue. This is one of them from Carol Williams, whose charming and effortlessly cool vocals light up both sides of this mix of boogie, soul, disco and funk. 'What's The Deal' is a mid-tempo seducer with stepping chord sequences and bright synth work then 'Have You For My Love' ups the ante with more squelchy synth funk sounds and pixelated leads. It's the pick of the bunch if you ask us.
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Tags: Disco Funk
 in stock $20.71
Tonight
Tonight (12")
Cat: BSTX 093. Rel: 07 Jul 23
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Tonight (Disco version) (7:21)
Tonight (radio version) (5:43)
Tonight (Special Disco version) (5:39)
Tonight (instrumental Disco version) (6:59)
Tags: Disco Funk
 in stock $20.97
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